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The legend of the “Wunder Karajan” was born in 1938 with an acclaimed Tristan at the Berlin Staatsoper.
Yet Karajan’s career properly took off in the post-war world, with technological advances that not only allowed him to be Europe’s “General Music Director” with appointments in London, Vienna and Milan, but meant that his visionary conducting style, devoted to a new ideal of beauty and clarity of sound, could be preserved on record and film.
Over more than forty years he moulded “his” orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, to this aesthetic, at the same time creating numerous groundbreaking opera productions that integrated all the musical and dramatic aspects in a single vision.
Herbert von Karajan at the recording studio
Portrait of the great Austrian conductor
A portrait for the soprano's 75th birthday
Glimpse Karajan through the eyes of his film crew!
Toscanini, Furtwängler, Karajan, Menuhin, Abbado